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Research Operations Office


Published on 15 October 2015

RCUK Funding Assurance Programme Audit

RCUK will conduct a Funding Assurance Programme (FAP) visit from Monday the 23rd to Wednesday the 25th November 2015.

The RCUK Funding Assurance Strategy will test compliance with the terms and conditions across  four “pillars” of assurance:

  1. Research Grants and Fellowships
  2. Doctoral Training funding
  3. Transparent Approach to Costing (TRAC)
  4. Non-Financial terms and conditions

In order to assist Departments to prepare for this visit, a workshop aimed at Departmental Administrators and Research Support Staff, will take place:




Wed 21st October 2015

11:00 to 12:00

ROO, 16 Mill Lane, Meeting Rooms 1 & 2

Please contact to book a seat for this session.

If you have any questions about the upcoming RCUK FAP Audit or the workshop please contact Sara Hajnassiri

Invitation to Discuss New Research Data Sharing Requirements with Funders and Policy Makers

Of particular interest to departmental researchers, research students and staff members: the following opportunity to discuss new research data sharing requirements directly with funders and policy makers:

Open Data – moving science forward, or a waste of time and money?

Wednesday 4 November, 7pm – 10pm

Are you aware of the new funders’ requirements for sharing research data? Will Open Science and sharing research data benefit society and help move science forward? Or is Open Data simply a waste of time and money?

Come to the Open Data panel discussion and take part in a conversation led by researchers, funders, and policy-makers:

  • Rafael Carazo-Salas, Group Leader, Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge
  • Sarah Jones, Senior Institutional Support Officer, Digital Curation Centre
  • Frances Rawle, Head of Corporate Governance and Policy, Medical Research Council
  • Tim Smith, Group Leader, Collaboration and Information Services, CERN/Zenodo
  • Mark Thorley, Research Councils UK Open Access Policy, and Natural Environment Research Council

The discussion will be around five main topics:

  • Benefits of Open Data
  • Possible negative aspects of data sharing - What are the possible side effects of data sharing?
  • Accessibility of Open Data
  • Open Data and the future of publishing
  • Incentives for data sharing

You are welcome to contribute your own questions to any of these topics.

Read the full programme and register here.

If you have any questions, please e-mail the organisers at

ROOTS Tier 2 Research Administrators Programme 2016

The Research Operations Office is embarking on a new round of our ROOTS (Research Operations Office Training Strategy) Tier 2 Research Administrators Programme, 2016. We invite submissions from all staff who have been in post for a minimum of six months and play an active role in the Grants Lifecycle and Research Contracts process within the University

The Programme will run over six months on the following dates in 2016

Tuesday 23 February

Tuesday 15 March

Tuesday 12 April

Tuesday 17 May

Tuesday 14 June

Tuesday 12 July

Delegates will need to be available for all six sessions.

Application Process

  1. Complete the Expression of Interest Form which can be found on the Research Operations Office website This form requires the endorsement of your Departmental Administrator or Line Manager.
  2. Email the form to by 2nd November 2015.
  3. The final 15 will be chosen by the Assistant Directors within the Research Operations Office and successful candidates will be informed by 16th November 2015.

If you have any other queries or require an Expression of Interest form, please contact

X5 Training Dates 2016

The Research Operations Office is again offering X5 training and would like to invite departmental staff, both academic and administrative, who are required to generate costings for themselves, or for their departments, to attend one of these events.

The content will include; using the Project Wizard to generate a costing, adding staff and non-staff costs, the differences between copying to a draft or new record, printing reports and other essential knowledge required to produce an accurate costing.

Delegates: 9 available places for each session

Venue: All training will be held at 17 Mill Lane –UIS Computer Room

Time: 9.00am to 12.30pm


Thursday 14th January 2016

Monday 15th February 2016

Thursday 17th March 2016

To book a place at one of the X5 sessions or if you have any queries, please email  with “X5 Training Session” in the subject heading of your email.